By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja
The Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE has conferred Fellowship on some eminent Nigerians, including Vice-President Kashim Shettima; the Minister of Niger Delta Development (MNDD), Abubakar Momoh and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, among others.
While Shettima was conferred with the NSE honorary fellowship, Momoh and Sule bagged the full Fellowship of the society (FNSE), both of them being trained engineers.
NSE President, Tasiu Saad Gidari-Wudil, conferred the fellowship on them in Abuja at the 2023 National Engineering Conference, Exhibition and Annual General Meeting, with the theme, ‘Re-engineering the Manufacturing Sector for Competitiveness and Enhanced Economic Growth’.
Gidari-Wudi said the honour was conferred on them because of their contributions to the engineering profession and the country at large.
Expressing appreciation for the honour, Momoh who holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering, said: “I feel very glad because it is a recognition from our professional colleagues which is an indication that the little effort that I have made in the past is very well recognised.
“I am indeed very glad that this recognition will spur me to do more and particularly when we now find ourselves in the Ministry of Niger Delta Development where we also collaborate with the Nigeria Society of Engineers in order to mitigate the effect of climate change in the region.
“As an engineer, I expect those handling our projects at the ministry to give us the best because that is what the people of Niger Delta and Nigerians deserve. We will also interface with other agencies and other ministries who have one thing or the other to do in the Niger Delta.
“Being an interventionist ministry, we have to intervene in so many areas and in collaboration with so many ministries because most of the activities of the ministry are also domiciled in other ministries and agencies.
“For instance, if you talk in terms of road network, the ministry of works is there. If you’re talking in terms of youth restiveness, the presidential amnesty programme is there.
“If you are talking in terms of blue economy, which of course traverses the entire Niger Delta region, the ministry is there. We intend to work together and in collaboration make sure they the region is better for it.”
Commenting on the NSE fellowship conferment, a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdul Oroh, said: “We have known the honourable minister for many years as a distinguished engineer. In fact, most people call him engineer because they don’t know his name.
“We are happy that now, he has reached the peak of his professional attainment. He is a great manager, a leader, a great politician, a thoroughbred professional and a very dependable person – if he says yes, you can take his words to the bank – he is very dependable.”
In the same vein, Hon. Patrick Ikhariale, also a former member of the House of Representatives, said: “A great honour has been done to my friend and brother, Engr. Abubakar Momo. It shows a very competent engineer that he is and we are very happy for this because this is a man that we can say with all sense of responsibility has been very disciplined in his profession.
“He has done so well such that it is not surprising that the Nigerian Society of Engineers has deemed him worthy and fit to confer him with a fellowship today.”